Posted by: Gregoryno6 | August 28, 2011

Queen’s Hall, State Library of Victoria – an image from days gone by.

There was a time when SILENCE was required in libraries. SILENCE. And the rule was enforced by little old ladies who kept a set of brass knuckles handy.

But a setting like this encourages a certain quietude in all but the most obtuse visitor. There is something almost sacred here and subdued reverence is a natural response.

This photo dates from around 1900, I would guess. Possibly earlier, but Melbourne was only established in 1835, and that’s a fair few memorial marbleheads for a young colony.

The State Library has been the subject (some would say target) of redevelopment in recent years. I have a picture of one of the statues I’ll be posting soon, but there are more views and information (slightly out of date) to be found at Walking Melbourne.


  1. I love libraries…..and they don’t make em like this anymore!
    Imagine all the dusting!!!!

    • Not a single computer terminal to be seen. Those were the days.

      • I find the more I am tied to technology, the more I enjoy not seeing computers and cell phones in pictures, films, tv shows…but I wouldn’t give up my MacBook Pro unless it was that or my life. Same for my iPhone. Let me just hope it never comes to that, eh?

        Lovely image, BTW. Can’t wait to see the statue photo…

        • I have some work to do on it, but sometime in September for sure.

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